Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise 50 percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Their educational programming includes a Speaker Series, featuring filmmakers and industry leaders across many areas of entertainment, who share valuable insights into the art and craft of film, television, and media-making; the WIF Film Finishing Fund (FFF), a highly-respected grant program that has awarded millions in cash and in-kind services to over two hundred films from countries all over the globe; the WIF Scholarship Program—offering women of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to create careers in film, television, communications, and new media—by awarding scholarships to female students at major film schools in the Los Angeles area and other parts of the country … and the WIF PSA Production Program that selects nonprofit organizations in Southern California to receive a pro bono PSA.
In 2012, Women In Film and Sundance Institute cofounded the Female Filmmakers Initiative to foster gender parity for women behind the camera. They commissioned a three-year landmark study of female directors by Professor Stacy Smith and her team at USC’s Annenberg School, which garnered extensive media attention and is the foundation of an ACLU action to expose and combat gender discrimination in Hollywood. Their next step in advocacy work is to address issues of systemic change. Women In Film are designing pilot programs and projects that can be executed in key sectors of our industry to get us on par with our male colleagues.